There have been many top lists for amazing Greek beaches before, so we wanted to throw out the whole notion of a top 10 best list and just write about some of our favorite beaches. I researched all the top travel sites and people opinion polls along with my own tastes and came up with an amazing list of beaches for my readers. I describe a few key points, some great history, useful info and pictures of each beach.
It is very important that each and everyone make it a point to try and visit one of these beaches (if not all) at some point in their life, and multiple times if possible. The natural beauty and resources of Greece is unmatched in the entire world, and visiting them now more than ever is of utmost importance.
Please enjoy my list and let me know if you know a beach that deserves to be listed here. Leave a comment in the comments section below with your thoughts and suggestions.
Zakynthos is known the world over for its picturesque beauty, and Navigio Beach is no exception. Also known as Shipwreck Beach, this stretch of sand on the Ionian island of Zakynthos is famous for its famous sunken centerpiece. It is said that the ship’s last voyage was in 1983, when it sank while smuggling cigarettes, wine and lots of other fun items. To this very day the ship still sits among the white cliffs and clear waters of the cove of this amazing beach. You can take a boat there from Porto Vromi, and bringing a mask and snorkel is a good idea–the cliffs along the beach make for excellent snorkeling dives.
Matala Beach, Crete
One of Crete’s best beaches is not the easiest one to reach, and requires a bit of walking to get there. You can either start by taxiing or busing to the town of Matala or renting a room in one of the affordable Villas nearby. There are signs directing you to the beach all over Matala, so don't fear not finding it. Soon enough you will be led to a goat’s path that requires a short hike downhill for about 15 minutes. Once you’ve made it to the beach, you'll see it was well worth the troubles, and you can also leave your clothes and inhibitions behind and embrace one of Greece’s greatest beaches (which also happens to allow nudity). Amazing caves you can explore line the ocean and provide perfect seclusion if you want to get away from the crowds, if you can find a vacant one.
Paradise Beach, Mykonos
You all have heard about Paradise Beach, and most of you have probably visited it. I wasn't going to include it here but it's just too darn popular to not list! The music and the drinking on never stops here, so if you're not looking to party then skip Mykonos or move on to one of the more secluded beaches further up the road. People from all over the world unite to party hard here. But while the party scene often takes all the credit for this beach, it also has a few offerings that make it a great beach: golden sand, scuba diving and jet-skiing to name a few.
Mavra Volia, Xios
Xios is a great island with an amazing beach named Mavra Volia, which stands for “Black Stones”. This beach is divided into three separate parts, and extends well past the small town of Emporio. One of the best activities is jumping off of Mavra Volia’s many cliffs into the waters below, if you go you must try it. There are also plenty of restaurants lining the walk before the beach and truly amazing seafood available right on the water.
Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia
This one could very well be considered THE best beach in Greece. At first glance, Myrtos Beach may seem like your average run-of-the-mill beautiful Greek beach, but its sea of crystal clear waters surrounded by beautiful green mountains and the glowing Mediterranean sun give it a perfect combination for the perfect beach. Don't believe me? I dare you to go and then debate my statements. It'll never happen!
Balos, Chania, Crete
The beauty of Balos beach is difficult to describe in words. It's white sandy dunes meet crystal clear waters in a way you must see to believe, while the whole backdrop is full of gorgeous islets and mountains. It's not the most convenient beach to get to, but the existing cruises that depart from Kissamos give you easy access. The castle in the nearby island of Gramvousa adds to the mystique and beauty of the place. If you want to bypass the cruise boats, a rocky road can take your car somewhat near, and a fairly long walking path can take you the rest of the way.
Elafonissos, Chania, Crete
Two of my favorite beaches (which are also two of the most beautiful in Greece) are located in one prefecture. It seems too good to be true for any one place to be so lucky with natural beauty, but that’s what has happened to the west coast of Crete. Elafonisos is out of the way, on the south-western coast of Chania, but is still very crowded. It’s too beautiful for people to not want to make an effort to get there, but it is kept very pristine within its environment and therefore one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere. If you want to get away from the crowds, a short walk through a narrow, sandy channel will bring you to a more exclusive area through foot trails and less than saturated beaches in the island of Elafonisos itself.
This beach used to be one of the best kept secrets in Greece, but its beauty ensured that would not last! Beautiful scenery, crystal clear turquoise water, and soft white sand make this beach one of the best for you to visit. Its out-of-the-way location on the West coast of Lefkada, and the amazing makeshift concrete steps down (and then up), separate the large crowds from this beach. Excellent spot all around and in every sense.
Finikas, Kato Koufonisi
The entire stretch of coast from Finikas to the northern tip of the island (Pori beach) is a beach dwellers dream, many of which prefer to swim the “natural” way. Rocks and sand alternate along this beautiful stretch of an amazing island.
This gorgeous patch of sand begins near the town of Naxos and extends almost the entire coast of the island, making its way almost to the southern tip. A dirt road follows alongside the beach as it goes from beach of crowded umbrellas to more isolated areas covered by large sand dunes.
Paradise beach in Kos is covered by soft white sand and sculpted rocks, which compliments the delightful warm waters. The drawback is the large mass of tourists that crowds it's shoreline as well as the distracting water sports, but the beach is still one of the best in Greece.
Lalaria Beach, Skiathos, Sporades
This gorgeous, white-pebble beach consists of beautiful bright blue waters and white limestone cliffs with natural arches carved out by the elements. The great thing about Lalaria Beach is that its not (yet) as popular nor as accessible as Skiathos's famous Koukounaries, which is a big reason it's still gorgeous and pristine and why it's one of the best.
Happy travels to the most beautiful place on earth - GREECE!!!!